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Affordance of garden towards restorative process of hospitalized children

Said, Ismail and Abu Bakar, Mohd. Sarofil (2004) Affordance of garden towards restorative process of hospitalized children. In: The 5th International Seminar on Sustainable Environment Architecture, December 2004, GoodHope Hotel, Johor, Malaysia. (Submitted)

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This study investigates sense of affordance attains by hospitalized children participating in a pediatric-ward garden during their restoration in hospital. Affordances are the functional meanings generated when children play with the garden features, either alone or with peers. According to ecological perceptual psychology, the affordances are interrelated with stimulation and feedback when the children interact with the garden contents. The functional meanings of the garden can be seen in four different levels of affordances: potential, perceived, utilized and shaped affordances. The affordances generate movement through play and positive perceptual judgments such as attachment, affiliation, memory, bonding and affection toward the garden features. Responses from 31 patients, aged 6-12 years, are elicited by semi-structured interview. It is found that 84% (n=26) patients perceived and utilized the affordances of play equipment. However, less number of patients (52%; n=16) perceived the plant as significant element of the garden. This perception suggests the affordances of the play equipment are greater than the plant. Moreover, all patients recognized the affordances of microclimatic factors (rain, sunlight, temperature and wind). Thus through play participation with the garden elements afford the patients to increase their cognitive performances, improve performance tasks (i.e. play) and increased social performances. In healthcare delivery, these improvements are considered restoration. This seems to suggest that garden is an environmental intervention in affording hospitalized children to foster health recovery.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:hospitalized children, pediatric-ward garden, ecological perceptual psychology
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:861
Deposited By: Narimah Nawil
Deposited On:22 Feb 2007 08:35
Last Modified:08 Jan 2023 01:35

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